One of the best things about going on holiday is indulging in some fantastic food and drink. From locally made real ale to freshly caught seafood, every region has something special to offer.
So, why not make a holiday of it and sample some amazing food and drink at one (or more!) of these 15 tasty food festivals?
This three-day “gastro extravaganza” is a celebration of Cornwall’s local produce. There’ll be proper Cornish pasties (as you might expect), artisan pies, locally produced sausages, ale and a bounty of other scrumptious Cornish delights. Plus, over 100 food experts and chefs will be on hand to demonstrate techniques and answer your culinary questions.
Located in Snape Maltings, a beautiful arts complex next to the River Alde, this family-friendly food fest is packed with activities for all ages. Cooking workshops, demonstrations and talks by amazing chefs will be taking place over the two days. From organic veg to award-winning beer and cider, Suffolk’s finest produce will be on offer. Make sure you arrive with an empty stomach as you’ll want to try it all!
The pretty village of Llangollen becomes the culinary capital of the UK for one weekend in October when the Royal International Pavilion is stuffed full of stalls (over 120) celebrating all things food. Sample beer-flavoured chocolate, carefully-crafted coffee, succulent sausages, chilli jam and plenty more tempting delights.
If it’s possible to make a glorious autumnal holiday in the New Forest any better, this fabulous food festival could be it. From fine dining to wholesome and hearty produce, there’s a dish on the menu to suit every taste and appetite. In total, there’s 15 foodie themes throughout the week, and activities such as sausage-making and wine tasting will be on offer. There will be cookery demonstrations and appearances by celebrity chefs, too. And, as you might expect from a food festival in a forest, foraged delights will be served up for your delectation. Yum!
Which is better: a classic pork sausage or a spicy chipolata? There’s only one way to find out…FIGHT! This fun-filled day celebrates the mighty sausage. The festival takes place in various venues across Framlingham where you can sample the competitors’ sausages, listen to live music and relax with a beer. In-between eating, activities include ceramic painting, flower arranging and even an escapology workshop! Head to the John Grose Showroom at the end of the day to see the winner being crowned.
Ludlow’s foodie fest will be showcasing over 180 independent producers so you might need to wear something loose-fitting before spending the day here! The town is famous for its fine food and drink and the weekend’s itinerary includes demonstrations from top chefs, an ale trail, talks, pudding tastings and markets. On the Sunday, you’ll find an extra 40+ stalls just outside the castle. Let the feasting begin!
What better way to tickle your tastebuds than with a fiery curry? This “celebration of all things curry” festival has a party atmosphere and the smells and tastes will set your senses alight. Events include cooking schools and demonstrations, curry and comedy, street food and cultural talks. To top it all off, Ken Hom OBE will be delivering a series of seminars and masterclasses showcasing the very best of Asian cuisine.
In response to the BSE crisis in 1999, two local farmers created this magnificent festival to restore confidence in British farming. 18 years later and the festival is one of the most treasured in the UK. Celebrity chefs appearing this year include Monica Galetti and Cyrus Todiwala. Soak up the atmosphere of Abergavenny castle where you’ll find music, street food and dancing. And if you’ve got little ones in tow, they can cook up a storm and practice their kitchen skills at the Food Academy.
The whole town of Nantwich comes alive in September as shops, restaurants, pubs, museums and more take part in a food fest of epic proportions. From discovering the history of Nantwich cheese at the museum to pancake decorating the library, the types of cuisine and sheer choice on offer is staggering. It’s just as well this is a three-day event, as you’ll need plenty of time to see, or should we say taste, it all!
From street theatre to chef demonstrations, this free food-related festival is sure to give you that warm and full feeling. Over 80 stalls will be tempting you with their tasty produce, so it might be a good idea to skip breakfast and arrive early! And for your entertainment, live music and foodie films will be an added tasty ingredient.
If you’re a fan of the Great British Bake Off, you’ll be pleased to know that 2012 winner John Whaite and 2013’s Frances Quinn will be sharing their baking expertise and signing cookbooks. As well as fantastic food, there’s plenty of other entertainment on offer including live music, children’s activities and a craft tent. It might go without saying, but no trip to Bakewell is complete without tucking into the village’s famous tarts and puddings.
Nestled in the beautiful grounds of the Speech House Hotel, this scrumptious food festival is packed full of attractions. Over 100 local producers will be selling their goods, skilled chefs will be sharing their tips and the parent and child cookery lessons will give you confidence to let your children get cracking in the kitchen. You’ll find cuisines from all around the world and tasty hot food made on site.
The pretty Georgian town of Stone is the place to be in late September as the whole community gets into food festival spirit. There are food-themed quizzes, a farmers’ market, beer tent, live music and a pop-up restaurant. Fancy yourself as the next MasterChef? Go to one of the excellent masterclasses and you’ll be tackling difficult dishes before you know it. Let’s cook!
If you’re a lover of fine wine and traditional ale, you’ll be in your element at Cockermouth food festival. Sample freshly mixed cocktails from the Lakes Distillery and delicious wines from Corney & Barrow. Finish your night off with some comedy at the Trout Hotel Marquee while enjoying Jennings ale. With more than 80 producers’ stalls, there’s plenty of fantastic food to try so you’ll be able to spend the whole day (and evening) indulging.
From full English breakfasts at The View café to fresh shellfish at The Best Dressed Crab, this seaside town is awash with tempting smells and tasty morsels at every turn, especially during the food festival. With many local businesses taking part, 2016 is looking to be the biggest ever, so make a break for Bembridge this September and enjoy a seaside holiday with exceptional food.